Reason Morning Links: BP, Fannie, Freddie, and the Tel Aviv Tea Party


• BP agrees to set up a $20 billion claim fund.

• A jobs bill fails in the Senate.

• Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must delist from the New York Stock Exchange.

• The biggest criminal case to emerge from the financial crisis.

• More than 90 banks and thrifts missed their last TARP payments.

• Tea party protests pop up in Russia, Israel, and the Netherlands.

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  1. BP agrees to set up a $20 billion claim fund.

    I’m sure since the right people are in charge that it won’t be used to buy votes or favors.

  2. BP “agreed” to set up that fund weeks before Maobama said a word about it and already paid out millions of dollars before “agreeing” to the Chicago style extortion. The “independent third party” is Obama’s pay czar.

    Reason drank the Kool-Aid again?

    1. Suki, that fund wasn’t being “administered” by an Obama crony. Ergo – it didn’t exist.

    2. The “independent third party” is Obama’s pay czar.

      “Independent”, as in a man of “independent” means.

      1. From the link:

        A one-time chief of staff to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday, Feinberg is also active politically, making more than $300,000 in campaign contributions since 1990, mostly to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The recipients include Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

        Yep. That’s what I’d call a real “independent third party.”

    1. The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography, co-authored with student Martin Mahony.

      But Nue Mexican, Joe Boyle and MNG all told me that the “science was settled”. What a fucking fraud.

      1. You have to feel sorry for those guys. They invested everything in what their lefty leaders told them was true. Now they have to finish their lives with their credibility shot and their command and control dreams lost forever.

        1. You have to feel sorry for those guys. They invested everything in what their lefty leaders told them was true. Now they have to finish their lives with their credibility shot and their command and control dreams lost forever.

          We Lawn Gnomes are stalwart observers of weather patterns, as we are a hardy people; I don’t recall the IPCC asking us for our opinions.

          We feel no pity for such foolish acolytes of The Weather God in this religion of Climate Change and utter a hearty collective laugh at such willing rubes.

          We Lawn Gnomes are a skeptical people.

          1. Back to Gnome, Alaska with you, you half pint Palin drone!

            1. Awwww, Tim, don’t be so stuffy! You’d still fuck me! You betcha you would!

            2. I’d rather be a Palin Drone than a palindrome.

          2. Yay, the lawn gnome is back! I’ve missed your hearty amusing posts.

      2. The Hulme/Mahony article is a fascinating read. One primary point is the lack of geographic/national diversity within the IPCC-approved authors. More than 80% come from OECD countries.

        I look forward to our lefty champions of diversity castigating the IPCC for it’s imperious colonialism and willingness to impose Western values upon developing nations.

    2. Funny that is in a foreign newspaper. I am sure MSNC, WAPO and the NYT will get right on this story.

  3. “Tea party protests pop up in Russia, Israel, and the Netherlands.”

    More disgruntled white racist fascists resisting the inevitable progress of the modern world, no doubt. ?

    1. The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography, co-authored with student Martin Mahony.

      But Nue Mexican, Joe Boyle and MNG all told me that the “science was settled”. What a fucking fraud.

      1. Just a minor quibble: You appear to be responding to one of the climate-change stories. I’m commenting on the tea parties.

        1. Sorry. fucking threaded comments.

          1. Your comment proves that the tea-party movement is simply motivated by an irrational hatred and fear of threaded comments. ?

            1. Say, there is a correlation between the advent of nested, threaded, convoluted comments here and the rise of the Tea Party movement.

              1. The rise of the Tea Party movement correlates closely with the rise in sea level.

                1. The rise of the Tea Party movement correlates closely with the rise in a level alright, but it ain’t the sea. Shit’s gettin’ awful deep these days.

              2. But the threaded comments came first, so the there are temporal problems with the cause-effect hypothesis.

    2. All of them presumably protesting the election of black presidents in their respective countries. ?

      Yeltsin is probably a Black Russian. Hi-yo!

      1. Putin, I meant Putin, not Yeltsin.

        But the joke works better with Yeltsin, let’s admit.

        1. This thread needs a rewind.

      2. All of them presumably protesting the election of black presidents in their respective countries.

        Obama is president of the world, so they have every right.

        1. I didn’t see them out protesting when Gengis Khan was president of the world!
          This just proves their racist hippo-cracy!

          1. Hippos are racist? Does this mean I shouldn’t take the kids to see them at the zoo?

            1. Daddy took us to the zoo and we saw a hippo stick his thingie in another hippo!

          2. What? There was a cracker in my ancestral rice paddy?

    3. You seem to be confused, Mad Max. The Tea Party opposes socialists.

    4. To be fair, in Russia at least, there’s a good chance they actually *are* white racist fascists.

  4. Don’t know about the rest of you, but that article on the international Tea Parties cheered me up this morning. What a fantastic thing to see the Gadsden flag flying in Israel with “Don’t Tread on Me!” printed in Hebrew.

    As the article implies, that’s the kind of American exceptionalism that libertarians can get behind!

    Here’s to the principles of the Declaration of Independence – long may they thrive, and inspire others around the world, even if half of Americans have forgotten.

    1. Let me be clear. The time for American exceptionalism is past. Don’t believe me? Well look who’s the president.

        1. Thats JAMF

  5. A jobs bill fails in the Senate.

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) said lawmakers wanted to begin paring the extended unemployment benefits created in response to the recession because “this is not something that can go on indefinitely.”

    Witch! Burn the witch!

    1. Someone call Inigo Montoya.

  6. Right smack up front on CNN:
    “Language guru: Obama speech too ‘professorial’ for his target audience”

    Holy crap.

    Link to knob-gobbling story.

    1. Ok, so it’s not as fawning as I thought, but it’s plenty elitist.

    2. his 19.8 words per sentence “added some difficulty for his target audience”

      Hell, that fourth-fifths-of-a-word business threw *me* off, too!

      1. His performance made Bobby Jindal look like Laurence Olivier.

      2. you know, it’s racist to say Obama’s words are worth only 4/5 of a white president’s. (and it’s 4/5ths rather than 3/5 because of course, he’s only 1/2 black)

        1. His half-blackness would make his words worth 1/3 of a white president’s. Your math blows.

          1. As does my constitutional law.

            it’s a JOKE.

            1. I know. I’m playing along (poorly – I blame slow coffee effects).

        2. I’ll surmise you’re not a public school graduate.

          1. I’ll surmise Timon19 is.

            1. 3/5 * 1/2 = 3/10

              1. But if we’re playing this

                1/2 + (3/5)*(1/2) = 4/5.

                1. yes i’m a public school graduate. and public university.

                  1. It was a JOKE.

                    I’ll surmise you’re not a *recent* graduate.

                2. Gah. Didn’t properly account for his half-whiteness.

                  1. That’s OK. Neither did Obama. 😉

    3. “Language guru: Obama speech too ‘professorial’ for his target audience”

      We Lawn gnomes notice a disturbing tendency in you humans, males in particular, to overcompensate for certain “shortcomings”.

      We suspect your Fearless Leader is suffering from such a delusion of grandeur.

      We Lawn Gnomes are hung lower than Lawn Jockeys, so yet another myth is busted, as we are a prolific people.

      1. You’re only hung lower because you started lower to the ground. It’s no big feat for your wang to drag the ground when your legs are two inches long.

        1. And you wonder what we hide under our tall hats? A female Lawn Gnome’s wo-gnome-hood is quite extensive.

    4. “But he praised Obama’s phrase “oil began spewing” as active and graphic.”

      This article may be on to something. If Barry wants to connect with the US population, he may want to read from a children’s book.

      And yes, I am an elitist.

      1. Fuck that shit. If I’m ever president, I’m not talking down to the people. If some of them need translation, they can go to the Internet.

        1. Like hell they will! We control the narrative here, bub!

        2. haha. I wouldn’t count on becoming president, though. The fourth reich is on its way.

          1. Okay, if I’m ever dictator, then.

            1. I do have descendants, just to let you know.

              1. What, in Italy? I have no plans to annex Italy at this time.

                1. No gazpacho, in…well…if I told you, it would defeat the purpose, now wouldn’t it? My seed spread far…

                  1. I was just making a joke. In fact, through a convenient rape in what is now Scotland in the Second Century, I am descended from Marcus Junius Brutus.

            2. Now that’s change I can believe in.

  7. “The fraud alleged here is truly stunning in its scale and in its complexity.” … [T]he Justice Department has made such fraud a top priority.

    You know, that can be taken in more than one way.

  8. Also, Argentina is 2-0 up on S. Korea early. Sounds like the Argies came to play today.

    1. Whoa. S. Korea just pulled on back!

      1. “pulled one back”…dammit.

        1. It’s like “football” has its own language!

          1. Sorta!

            1. But why is the football stadium called “Soccer City Stadium”?

              1. ‘Coz the antipodes rule, rule hard.

              2. Because in S. Africa, it’s called both soccer and football. In RSA, football most often refers to Rugby Union.

    2. I saw the Columbians hand them something before the match.

    3. Are we sure that match is being played in S. Africa? I heard actual singing and chanting from the Argentine supporters instead of a loud buzzing sound.

      1. God bless notch filters.

        1. God bless notch filters.


      2. Either your broadcaster has implemented a filter for the vevuzelas, or last night’s match sapped the local suppporters’ enthusiasm.

      3. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        1. Meh,that not Bzzzzzzzzzzz! Now THIS is a BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

        2. More cowbell!

    4. The broadcast needs more shots of Maradona on the touch line.

      1. He’s such a damn clown and will probably be the main reason they won’t get past the quarterfinals, but at least he’s entertaining.

        I guess when you’ve lived as hard as he has and have nearly died twice by your own excesses, you’re gonna be a sideshow no matter what.

        1. He’s like the Joe Namath of foot–, er, soccer.

          1. He’s much more…colorful and insane. Before he was named manager, he would routinely turn up at qualifiers in one of the luxury boxes, his fat, rehab-induced moobs stuffed into an Albiceleste shirt, and make an absolute ass of himself as Cheerleader-in-Chief.

      2. Maradona finds a new use for the vuvuzela.

    5. and I see Greece is playing Nigeria tomorrow.

      The Nigerians will scam the Greeks’ retirement funds, while the Greeks will stop playing after 55 minutes.

      1. That game is today, right after this one. I don’t see why the Greeks should break with their established pattern of uselessness.

    6. Higuain bags #2 for the Albiceleste!

      3-1 in the 78th. Korea is in trouble.

      Should be some good shots of Maradona cavorting on the touchline.

    7. Oh, shit! Higuain gets the hat trick!

      4-1. It’s a rout!

      1. Higuain takes over the lead in the run for the Golden Boot, all in one go.

      2. I’m surprised. I thought S. Korea would do better, and the Argentine team looked pretty shaky on defense in their opener.

        1. I was thinking the same.

    8. Interesting bit from Tommy Smyth: Switzerland’s manager Ottmar Hitzfeld says he based his approach to Spain on Bob Bradley’s plan against them last year in the Confederations Cup.

      If true (it’s Tommy Smyth, chief exaggerator), that’s pretty remarkable. Hitzfeld is generally considered a top-tier coach.

      There may be something to it, though, since the US and the Swiss are the only teams to beat Spain in their last 50 matches.

    9. On behalf of Real Americans everywhere, I have to say this at least once: STFU about your worthless metric football. Nobody cares.

      Okay, I feel better now. Carry on.

      1. Is that why they measure everything in yards?

        1. Who does? A regulation FIFA pitch is measured in meters.

          1. It was first defined in yards and yards is the common parlance pretty much everywhere, especially here. On the continent itself, they use meters and yards interchangeably.

            I play a lot of soccer. The field is measured in yards. Everything is referred to (in Anglophone countries) in yards. Listen to the ESPN commentators. They speak in yards.

            Interesting that you’ve shown yourself to care enough to look up FIFA, though.

  9. Russian Tea Partiers: “We can see Sarah Palin’s house from our country”

    Olby: “Teabaggers. snicker.”

    1. In Soviet Russia, house sees you! or something.

      1. “In Soviet Russia, men come first, and women come second.” – Ivana Schtuppyu

        “… or sometimes not at all.” – Austin Powers

  10. Somebody posted this at Radley’s blog:…..rce=co2hog

    Always remember that this is the society everyone around you wants, and give it to them.

    I hate to break it to everyone, but if I see anybody else’s kid in the street about to get run down by a truck, I’m walking the other way. I wouldn’t so much as walk up to anyone else’s kid if I saw them about to drink poison.

    1. They are pretty much destroying any sense of civil society. But, that is what they want. If people help themselves and help each other, why do we need the state? And how the hell can the right people control everyone?

    2. Yes, you would. So would I. We’re human, all too human. I made the mistake of stopping to help a woman who like an idiot ran out of gas in a very populated suburban area (I didn’t know that at the time, as she was screaming with her car rolling back down a hill). It turned out she knew she was low on gas, but figured she could “still make it.” Turned into a half hour mini-epic, with me having to take her to a gas station, borrow a gas tank, put it in the trunk of my BMW, pour it into her car, try to restart the car which was on a hill so the gas wasn’t getting into the fuel line, go back, get more gas, etc. I probably could have gotten stopped for “transporting gasoline in the trunk of your car” or something equally absurd.

      “Never again” said I. But a certain level of chivalry seems ingrained, and I’ll probably get suckered in next time too.

      1. Yes, you would. So would I. We’re human, all too human.

        Definitely. We react before thinking. I once saw an eighteen wheeler slowly going forward under a bridge. Clearence said 17 1/2 feet, the sign above the window on the trnafer said 18. I ran up and jumped on the landing bridge of the rig, pulled myself up to the door and knocked on the window screaming, ‘brake! brake!”

        A few seconds later I was wondering what the fuck am I doing up here? I could have been torn to shreds if he didn’t listen to me.

  11. We seem to have gone quite a long time without a marijuan or prostitution thread. There must be a City somewhere out there that’s oppressing the local pot patients, or a plucky prostitute running an outsider’s campaign for governor.

    1. And no dogs have been shot….

      It’s quiet. Too quiet…

    2. The World Cup has bored them all to death?

  12. Ok, so it’s not as fawning as I thought, but it’s plenty elitist.


    The “guru” chose a sentence that reads like a Rotary banquet guest introduction as his example of Obama’s being too “professorial.”

    He obviously went to a freshwater school.


    Landscape painter Thomas Kinkade?known as the “Painter Of Light” because he trademarked that phrase for himself, and as a purveyor of patriotic and Christian-themed images that are meant to contain a “larger moral dimension”?has been busted for drunk driving. It’s part of a pervasive pattern of self-destructive behavior for Kinkade, whose innocuous, assembly-line images of peaceful cottages, Jesuses, and snow scenes have made him the nation’s self-described “most collected artist,” which is sort of like Velveeta bragging that it’s “America’s most sought-after cheese.” As Kinkade himself once said, “We have found a way to bring to millions of people an art that they can understand,” which just about sums up his Norman Rockwell-meets-Walmart approach.

    1. Shouldn’t that be “Jesi”?

      1. I’m pretty sure “Jesus” is both the singular and the plural.

        1. Yeah but “Jesi” is great.

          Nice job, Timon.

          1. That’s what I get for trying a theology joke, I guess.

            1. Ha ha, I made your joke bomb! Still think I’m a figment?

              1. Jesus: The 3-in-1 Swiss Army deity.

    2. This is excellent news.

      1. Cool! Mind if I crash? I got food stamps and hipster doofus poseury status!

        1. Cool! But first we’re off to Kinkade’s housing development to shout “Codpiece! Codpiece!” and hawk our wares, okay?

      1. It truly boggles the mind the kind of characters that get into politics. I don’t know who is worse – the guy who claims he died on a battlefield while serving his country, or the other moron who says he doesn’t want to call the candidate a liar but looked in the records and could find no evidence to back up the story. This country is in big trouble.

    3. DUI should not be a crime.

      That is all.

      1. It’s not. Well, for us, that is. It’s good to be a cop! Besides, how else would municipal government raise cash? Speeding tickets and stoplight cameras only raise so much…

  14. “A jobs bill fails in the Senate.”

    2012 will come to be known as The End of an Error.

  15. As Kinkade himself once said, “We have found a way to bring to millions of people an art that they can understand,” which just about sums up his Norman Rockwell-meets-Walmart approach.

    Really, Mr. Kinkade? As victims of assault and breakage by vicious thugs in an inebriated state, we Lawn Gnomes take issue with your Andy Warhol-assembly-line-approach to art. We also certainly hope you weren’t foolish enough to blow in the little breathalyzer and requested a blood test. We Lawn Gnomes are teetotalers are would never endanger the public with such self-centered behavior.

    We Lawn Gnomes have reaped a tidy reward from our partnership with Wal-Mart and are cute and loyal companions for a more civilized age.

    We Lawn Gnomes are timeless and never lose our appeal, unlike your hack approach to visual art.

    1. We Lawn Gnomes also enjoy the music of Australia and are certainly hardy enough to survive in the The Outback.

      We sure feel silly!

  16. New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Internet…

    The federal government would have “absolute power” to shut down the Internet under the terms of a new US Senate bill being pushed by Joe Lieberman, legislation which would hand President Obama a figurative “kill switch” to seize control of the world wide web in response to a Homeland Security directive.…..ernet.html


    2. Judging by the link, I’ll go ahead and take this with a mountain of salt.

      1. The bill is for real. Joe Lieberman (who else?) is trying to introduce it.

        The story last night on NPR was pretty full of mockery of Senators’ lack of understanding of the internet.

        Ted Stevens’ name came up.

    3. So Obama is going to type Google into Google in the event the internet needs to be shut down?

  17. Would anyone care to comment on the extraordinary amount of attention devoted to BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg’s “small people” mistake by shallow, sensationalist, priority-challenged American news media? One would think he yelled “Nigger!” at an NAACP meeting.

    1. Any gaffe sounds worse when you have an accent like that.

    2. If you listen to it in context, he meant “small businesses”. Unlike Leona Helmsley, for this guy, Engish is a second language.

      1. I hear George III had that problem, too.

        1. So is American news media stupid, craven, dishonest or all of the above?

          1. Yes.

            1. Thank you. Good night, and good luck.

              1. Good night, and good luck fuck you, more like.

  18. “We will arrive with protest signs and flags ? both Israeli flags and Gadsden Flags,” Karpa said. “We’ve even arranged to have several Gadsden flags produced with ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ printed on them in Hebrew.”

    OK, that is awesome.

    1. Needs umlauts (which itself should have an umlaut).

  19. Full time. Argentina 4:1 S. Korea.

    Higuain with a hat trick.

    Nigeria v Greece to follow.

    1. Would it surprise you to learn that Maradonna has a tat of Che on his right arm?


        “Something irks me with the Maradona photo,” confesses Glenn McCulley. “Che tattoo on the arm, yet and every other detail (expensive watch, jewelry, fat cigar, yacht) reeks of capitalism. Just underlines the dichotomy within Diego really – outrageously gifted when expressing his art (football), yet outrageously borderline pillock as a personality – makes him a bit like Prince/Slave/Artist Formerly Known As really.”

      2. Not in the least. He was a guest of Cuba’s free healthcare system after his last episode of nearly drugging himself to death. He regenerated in the company of his good buddy Fidel Castro.

  20. I want to see North Korea versus Zimbabwe.

    Mugabe’s team tried to seize the ball but Kim’s had put in a rocket and shot it over Japan.

    1. North Korea is best Korea

      1. Absolutely! Who’s your favorite Kim?

        1. Kardashian.

  21. “The commission’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, and his staff have insisted that imposing federal regulations originally written in the 1930s for the telephone is the only way the Obama Administration can gain the “kind of oversight and control that we need,” says an FCC staffer with ties to another Democrat commissioner. “Look at the Gulf oil spill, that’s what happens when we let corporations just do their own thing without any accountability. We can’t allow that to happen with the Internet. We won’t allow it.”…..e-internet

    1. Must…not…kill…

    2. the only way the Obama Administration can gain the “kind of oversight and control that we need,”

      Its not the only way, you know. Congress could pass a, you know, law.

      1. If I may make a suggestion…

    3. We can’t allow that to happen with the internet. Why, if a single tube were to spring a leak, our oceans and pristine beaches could be flooded with thousands of gigabytes and megajoules. It would be an unimaginable environmental disaster.

  22. Taylor Bean allegedly hid how sick it had become, enabling the firm to fraudulently meet government conditions and become one of the largest business partners of the Federal Housing Administration and Ginnie Mae, federal agencies that cover losses suffered by mortgage lenders and their financiers. Federal officials said the scheme caused the two agencies’ largest losses ever, totaling at least $3 billion. The officials warned that the final figure could be higher.

    Just another case of the wrong people being in charge. With the advent of Hope and Change? managers of public funds will no longer be getting fleeced like rubes playing three card monty in a New York subway.

  23. The Treasury Department’s savvy investors appear to be taking lessons from the FHA.

    1. Oops! The above should have read –

      More than 90 banks and thrifts missed their last TARP payments.

      The Treasury Department’s savvy investors appear to be taking lessons from the FHA.

  24. Out of control Seattle cop rears back and punches young woman in the face over a jaywalking beef. Jaywalking!

    Watching the video made me absolutely sick to my stomach.

    1. The incident began when an unnamed police officer spotted a teen jaywalking across Martin Luther King Jr. Way South

      This story bursts at the seams with irony.

    2. I believe the official statement is that the officer was playing the west coast version of “I’ve got your nose”…
      The woman was only hysterical because she wanted her nose back.

      1. Does she kiss her momma with that mouth?

        1. Mom punches her too.

    3. He didn’t punch her for jaywalking.

      She was interfering with his attempt at ticketing her friend.

      You grab at a cop trying to do his job, you deserve to be punched.

      1. You have a point, though having punched her (I think) he should have arrested her. That mess could have turned into a general melee very easily.

        1. Never a good idea to shove a cop. Or resist arrest. Or jaywalk while black.

          1. Especially the latter. I, a fabulous white man, jaywalk in front of the cops nearly everyday.

            Cops love them old white guys in business attire.

  25. There’s a disturbing lack of Charlize Theron at this World Cup.

  26. Nigeria v Greece has kicked off, featuring Danny Shittu.

  27. My god you people are tools.

    Here is Mike Hulme refuting Lawrence Solomon’s complete hackery and distortion of his words.

    Here is a non-PDF link.

    1. Why are you here, idiot?

      1. Oh I’m terribly sorry for exposing the hackery behind yet another fake climate change controversy before the reasonoids managed to finish squeezing one out over it.

        1. Please refrain from sharing your personal habits with us Tony. Some of us are still eating breakfast.

        2. Oh I’m terribly sorry for exposing the hackery behind yet another fake climate change controversy before the reasonoids managed to finish squeezing one out a Tony over it.


        1. *And by “settled” he means nobody really fooking knows.

    2. Everyone knows the real Tony never cites his posts! What have you done with the real Tony, impostor!?

    3. Tony|6.17.10 @ 10:14AM|#

      My god you people are tools.

      So says Hit’n’Run’s most prominent hack for Big Ignorance.

      IPCC ? “No significant acceleration in the rate of sea level rise during the 20th century has been detected”

      “Why the Maldives aren’t sinking”
      Former lead reviewer for the IPCC, Nils-Axel M?rner

      “Warming fears are the worst scientific scandal in history?When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” ? UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist

      “Gore prompted me to start delving into the science again and I quickly found myself solidly in the skeptic camp?Climate models can at best be useful for explaining climate changes after the fact.” ? Meteorologist Hajo Smit of Holland, who reversed his belief in man-made warming to become a skeptic, is a former member of the Dutch UN IPCC committee.

      “Temperature measurements show that the [climate model-predicted mid-troposphere] hot zone is non-existent. This is more than sufficient to invalidate global climate models and projections made with them!”- UN IPCC Scientist Dr. Steven M. Japar, a PhD atmospheric chemist who was part of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Second (1995) and Third (2001) Assessment Reports.

      “I was at the table with three Europeans, and we were having lunch. And they were talking about their role as lead authors. And they were talking about how they were trying to make the report so dramatic that the United States would just have to sign that Kyoto Protocol,” Christy told CNN on May 2, 2007. ? Alabama State Climatologist Dr. John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, served as a UN IPCC lead author in 2001 for the 3rd assessment report.

      “The quantity of CO2 we produce is insignificant in terms of the natural circulation between air, water and soil? I am doing a detailed assessment of the UN IPCC reports and the Summaries for Policy Makers, identifying the way in which the Summaries have distorted the science.” ? South African Nuclear Physicist and Chemical Engineer Dr. Philip Lloyd, a UN IPCC co-coordinating lead author.

  28. The really interesting match of today will be France v Mexico. The loser is in real trouble. A draw gives RSA a glimmer of hope and makes the other two nervous.

    I want nothing more than for Mexico to lose.

    1. Domenech is the biggest management failure in history. Not just sports history, but in the history of all human endeavors. Ken Lay ran Enron better.

      1. You should see how the French react when he comes up in conversation. They get embarrassed and try to change the subject. It’s pretty funny.

    2. Screw the French. Anyone who has to cheat to qualify deserves to be ignominiously shown the exit in the first round.

  29. Uche for Nigeria in the 16th!

    Direct from a free kick. Keeper was frozen by an onrushing striker who could have redirected. Those are usually nasty situations that make goalkeepers look bad.

    1. You make me embarrassed to be a Columbusite, Timon.

      1. What fer?

      2. If it makes you feel better, I am from the Akron area, and currently live there as well. I attended tOSU, so I was only temporary.

        I only get down to Columbus for my annual Buckeyes game and about every other week during the summer for Crew games.

    2. Socratis Papastathopoulos is quite the name.

    3. Holy crap! Kaita sent off for Nigeria for kicking out at a Greek player (?) in the 34th minute.

      Greece might have a chance now.

    4. Salpingidis equalizes for Greece in the 44th!

    5. Nigeria is really happy that halftime has come.

    6. Taiwo is hurt and Nigeria is temporarily playing with 9.

      1. Substitution made in 56th minute.

    7. Holy crap, I’m not sure what just happened, but I think Glenn Johnson just had a coronary and Kyle Martino fell out of his chair. Nigeria nearly gifted Greece a goal, then transitioned to a 2 v 1 against Greece at the other end, forcing a great save, then missing an empty net.

      The whole thing happened in less than 10 seconds somehow.

    8. Torosidis puts Greece in front in the 71st! Nigeria is in trouble big time, now!

    9. To make it worse for Nigeria, a substitute needs to be substituted.

    10. Greece have won their first ever match at the World Cup Finals. Mostly due to a bit of Nigerian indiscipline. Wow. Did not expect this.

  30. greece is economic and soccer failure, GO SUPER EAGLES.

    1. red card, things just got real

    2. They’re up, but playing with 10 men for about 55 minutes now.

  31. Frankly, as events have proven, there’s more action with Seattle Jaywalkers than the entire World Cup. Or is world cup?

    1. Good thing those bystanders weren’t blowing vuvuzelas.
      Might have been a bloodbath.

  32. Obama called last weekend for the increased spending, saying inaction could force states to fire hundreds of thousands of employees.

    *fingers crossed*

  33. Man oh man, watching the Russian statists silence those teabaggers will almost make up for my inability to for the last couple of years. I’ll just pretend they are American tea-partiers. That will be some nice escapism.

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